Hero? – a story by Chidi Onwuka
Chidi Onwuka told a beautiful story in Studio/K last year. The room was packed for a panel-discussion on revolutionary music and the role of music in community organizing. Chidi’s story was for many people a highlight, as he told an epic story about the origins of music in the land of the seven hills, his homeland in Nigeria. But now times are different. Because of the pandemic there are no events anymore. Enter the Studio/K quarantine blog, where you can listen to stories or read articles and reviews. Anything to do with culture, because the human need for creativity is as present in the human heart as it ever was.
Chidi has taken the honour to make the kick-off. For the first Blogpost Chidi brings us something different. ‘’Sometimes the fun and games need to give way to more somber notes,’’ Chidi writes. ‘’As we know, the world is not all laughter and sunshine.’’ As we re-asses who our heroes are – the care workers, the garbage collectors and the cashiers, to name a few – Chidi takes a look at the heroes of old, the war heroes. Because what does it mean, really, to be glorified for killing?
As Ray rides in the back of a limo, with his family on the way to the Presidential Gala marking the end of the war, Little Ray, his son’s best friend, looks up and asks: “Uncle Ray, what did you do to become a hero?” Ray has no idea how to answer the question, what is he supposed to tell this child? Listen to find out.